Historically, drug laws and their enforcement have resulted in multiple forms of human rights abuses. It is becoming increasingly clear that the human rights obligations to which countries have signed up must be applied in the area of drug policy, and the principles of health and human rights fully integrated into the international drug control system.
“Persons Who Use Drugs Count” campaign, highlights and promotes the need to respect the human rights’ of an extremely vulnerable and marginalised population, reminding all of us that persons who use drugs do not lose their rights as citizens and human beings.
The death penalty, which represents an extreme example of the perverse ways in which governments punish people suspected of involvement with illegal drug, is still being used by countries around the world including Malaysia.
Maziyar Ghiabi, guest editor of the special issue explains the 3 main purposes of this issue: complementarity, questions of methods and discipline, and finally to challenge the established assumptions about the place of drugs in the social sciences.
Data from the Philippine government show that at least 3,987 individuals have been killed in the police's anti-drug operations; and human rights organisations estimate considerably higher numbers of fatalities.